Death - Symbolic review




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Band: Death
Album: Symbolic
Release date: March 1995


01. Symbolic
02. Zero Tolerance
03. Empty Words
04. Sacred Serenity
05. 1,000 Eyes
06. Without Judgement
07. Crystal Mountain
08. Misanthrope
09. Perennial Quest
10. Symbolic Acts [instrumental demo version]
11. Zero Tolerance [instrumental version]
12. Crystal Mountain [instrumental version]
13. Misanthrope [instrumental version]
14. Symbolic Acts [demo]


So, after probably the worst album in Death's career, they have taken enough time off (two years) before releasing this one. And it is a very rapid change from the previous one, leaving many of the fans really puzzled.

Chuck has once more changed his vocals to more screaming and thus getting them to what they will sound three years later at a steady and slow pace. His singing isn't very convincing and could be easily be labeled as rather ordinary thrash singing, because of his voice lacking the personal touch of the man performing them.

Not only vocals but music has had a change. This is probably the lightest of all Death albums with some acoustic guitar interludes, slower song tempo and loads of solos, of course, the trademark of Chuck Schuldiner. There could be heard the typical Death bass from time to time on some songs, as well.

In fact there is not much to say, this is another Death album, played in their style with the only change in sound being heaviness. It is not bad, on the contrary it is a great continue of "Human", it is just that I don't fell like writing "Empty Words". Because this album is a good introduction to the follow-up, which is Death's climax in career. This one, however, fades before "The Sound Of The Perseverance" and I can't help not mentioning it, despite not being the right place for it.

Written by Yanko | 15.09.2003


 


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Rating:
9.7
1995 was very generous to the metal world with its great releases. One of them was Death's 6th studio album called Symbolic, a true masterpiece and a classic without a doubt. Everything about this music piece impresses to the very marrow of the bones: the riffs, the leads, the bass, the drums, the lyrics and the vocals. The album is even more versatile and progressive than the previous two, with most songs running for over 5 minutes.

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07.10.2010 - 18:15
Guib
Thrash Talker
Written by vezzy on 07.10.2010 at 18:02

Just because the band softened?
Did I say that in another topic?

Notice that I said I liked the combo of MELODY and aggression in ITP.


So because theres less Agression and more melody... don't you think they softened lol ??
Cause really thats what it kinda means
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07.10.2010 - 18:36
vezzy
Stallmanite
Written by Guib on 07.10.2010 at 18:15

Written by vezzy on 07.10.2010 at 18:02

Just because the band softened?
Did I say that in another topic?

Notice that I said I liked the combo of MELODY and aggression in ITP.


So because theres less Agression and more melody... don't you think they softened lol ??
Cause really thats what it kinda means


Notice the flat tone and basic riffs.
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07.10.2010 - 20:09
Guib
Thrash Talker
Written by vezzy on 07.10.2010 at 18:36

Written by Guib on 07.10.2010 at 18:15

Written by vezzy on 07.10.2010 at 18:02

Just because the band softened?
Did I say that in another topic?

Notice that I said I liked the combo of MELODY and aggression in ITP.


So because theres less Agression and more melody... don't you think they softened lol ??
Cause really thats what it kinda means


Notice the flat tone and basic riffs.


Well to me it doesn't seem like anything ''Basic'' ... Maybe not finger-ripping hard to play
but still
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- I love my technical, melodic, my thrash, agressive and fast paced, my sludge, well thought, my heavy, heavier and my metal, ever-growing -
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